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Interview with Bill McEwen, CEO at Amiga Inc

Author: Vidar Langberget.
Posted : 2006-10-04 11:50:42.0
Category :

Final questions

18.) The Ruksun acquisition also signals that the new Amiga Inc
has a lot more resources than the old Amiga Inc. Care to comment?

BM>> No, but thanks for asking.

19.) Given the obvious access to more funding than before, why
haven't you done anything to make your website look better and more

BM>> Do you want a new OS, or a new website? Just joking, we are working on a new site, and we expect to have it out shortly.

20.) There has been a lot of debate in the Amiga community, in
the last couple of years, about the choice to make OS4 for PPC. After Apple switched to x86, the PPC is dead as a desktop CPU. Yet in the 25 questions you said that OS4 would never move away from PPC, and that you'd have to wait for OS5 to run AmigaOS on x86. One of the Frieden brothers estimated that a port to x86 could be done in only a few months (twice the time to port to a new PPC platform), and it would solve the hardware availability issues permanently. Given those facts, what's the reasoning behind the decision to stay with the PPC?

BM>> The Cell processor is used by Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii (stupid name by the way), and Playstation 3. There are numerous other high end graphics and multi-media devices coming out in the coming months that use Cell, and Cell is PPC. There is a great deal of opportunity staying with PPC and expect that with the conversations that we have had with Freescale, and IBM, that there are several OEM's that are interested in what we have planned as well.

21.) In the Amiga.org questions, you ended the session with a
personal note to the Amiga community. It described a lot of events that explained why things happened as they did after Amiga was bought from Gateway.

While it was well received, one thing disappointed me. I had hoped for a hint of self criticism. While external events played a big role in the outcome, to me it's obvious that Amiga made a bunch of mistakes at the time (Amithlon for example), and an admission of those things would have made me more confident that the new Amiga deserves more attention and support, and that you've learned from the past. Comments?

BM>> Of course we made a great many mistakes, and I take full responsibility for those mistakes. There are so many differences from what I was and what I am today, I am hardly the same person. We are a much more careful company with far more detailed plans, and we are taking steps that keep us in focus on the target.

We simply did not have the financial backing to accomplish what we needed to accomplish. The financial decisions that were made then are not the decisions that we are making today. The operations run very differently than they did then, and I am held accountable by a board of directors and Chairman that I check in daily with. We have a schedule, plans, goals, and milestones that I and the rest of the team are held to. The board of directors are international in nature, and are all highly successful people. They also have a vision for what Amiga is going to be, and they are directly
involved in us getting there.

So while I can only say that I am sorry for what has transpired in the past, the most important item is what we are going to deliver today and tomorrow.

Thanks for taking your time to answer the questions! It's appreciated!

BM>> Thank you.